Franken's campaign protests 133 mystery ballots from Minneapolis

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG, MARK BRUNSWICK and MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2008 - 11:20 PM

By Franken's count, he leads by 22 votes. By another count, Coleman leads by 316.

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LarsonDec. 3, 08 3:10 PM

Maybe you can get the New York Senate seat.

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lmockDec. 3, 08 3:19 PM

How are they calculating that? Coleman has also gained votes in the recount. I'm confused as to what math the Franken people are using. In the challenged votes, who knows which way it will go--unless they've paid an official. ;-D

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RooddogDec. 3, 08 3:26 PM

90% of the challenges I've looked at have been utterly ridiculous.

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normysamoronDec. 3, 08 3:29 PM

...the easiest thing for them to do was to leave the challenged ballots in the pile and let the canvassing board sort it out. No doubt the Franken challenges will have a higher success rate and are more likely to stand.

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puckplace34Dec. 3, 08 3:31 PM

Can this please be over soon. Both these guy's are morons anyway. Just give it to Barkley and forget it. How much $ is this recount crap costing us taxpayers anyways.

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lylepuppeDec. 3, 08 3:35 PM

Now if the Franken campaign withdrew about 5000 more and Coleman withdrew the same amount, maybe it would get down to voter intent ballots. There is no way to calculate who is ahead based on the challenges and the stupidity of them.

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scottjtepperDec. 3, 08 3:36 PM

Unlike Florida in 2000, when intimidation and a corrupt Supreme Court stopped the vote count, Minnesota is showing how to do it. Those who claim one candidate or the other is manipulating the election are hyperbolic spoilers. It's time for a change.

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RJRJRJDec. 3, 08 3:38 PM

This story had about 30 comments, most of them fair and thoughtful. Those disappeared and the conversation started over, with a bunch of thoughtless partisans bashing away in their usual ignorant tones.

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BucklawDec. 3, 08 3:42 PM

...but I'll bite anyway. davidmcm, you numbskull, Franken refers to a "free" or "sovereign" individual. To be frank about something is to be able to speak freely, without worry of retribution. It is exactly that kind of freedom--the right of the individual to express his preference freely --that the spirit of a democratic election tries to capture. Frankly, I believe the "horrible human beings" on these posts are the people who see an ulterior motive behind any idea that threatens their narrowly defined worldview. Grow up!

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beakgeekDec. 3, 08 3:43 PM

Sounds silly when you hear it. Kind of like accusing Frankin of stealing votes.

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